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New whirligig beetle species discovered

A new species of whirligig beetle is the first to be described in the United States since 1991. Grey Gustafson, a PhD student at the University of New Mexico, and Dr. Robert Sites, an entomologist at the University of Missouri's ...

dateNov 05, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Can trees really change sex?

The revelation that the UK's oldest tree is showing signs of switching sex has sparked much excitement in the world of horticultural science. The Fortingall yew (main image) in Perthshire, Scotland, having apparently spent ...

dateNov 05, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Female birds show their true colours

Showy plumage in birds is not just for the boys, ecologists from Massey University, McMaster University, Canada, Monash University, Australia, and Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany, have demonstrated.

dateNov 05, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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What ever happened to West Nile?

Many people remember the arrival of West Nile in North America in 1999, if only because the initial outbreak killed not just wild crows but also exotic birds in the Bronx Zoo.

dateNov 02, 2015 in Ecology
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